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The Best Bars For a Drink In Bondi, Sydney
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The Best Bars For a Drink In Bondi, Sydney

Picture of Matthew Clark
Updated: 9 February 2017
On the far eastern coast of Australia, one of the country’s most famous suburbs, and home to the most well-known and visited beach in the country is Bondi. Read on to discover the best bars in this sea-side suburb.
Poutine at Stuffed Beaver | © insatiablemunch/Flickr
Poutine at Stuffed Beaver | © insatiablemunch/Flickr
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Stuffed Beaver

Just up Bondi Road, not far from the famous Bondi Beach is the North American style diner and bar, Stuffed Beaver. Expect great classic versions of the food invented in the United States of America and Canada, like burgers, hotdogs and Tex-mex cuisine. At Stuffed Beaver, you may come for the food, but you will stay for the drinks and the cool atmosphere.

Stuffed Beaver, 271 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW, Australia +61 2 9130 3002

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Fat Rupert’s

Traditional North American cuisine is met by modern Australian cooking at Fat Rupert’s. It is then combined with original cocktails that pay homage to the lifestyle and culture of this sea-side suburb. As well as a range of great cocktails, Fat Rupert’s offers a selection of beers that highlight some of the finer local brews as well as beers from countries around the world like Italy and Belgium. .

Fat Rupert’s, 249 Bondi Rd, Sydney NSW, Australia +61 2 9130 1033

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34 Degrees South

The rustic look of old sea-salt eroded wooden furniture that you might find at a classic beachside café is maintained by the sea-side café 34 Degrees South. This venue, which is pretty much as close as you can get to being on the beach, without actually being on the beach, offers a range of Italian inspired brunch options on weekends, but is also one of the best places to come for a drink. There are great fresh cocktails as well as local Australian wines and beers.

34 Degrees South, 34 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW, Australia +61 2 9300 9888

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The Anchor South Bondi

Incredibly well located with views over the eastern coast of Australia, The Anchor South Bondi is a margarita bar, right near the iconic Bondi Beach, that serves food and drink using only the best and freshest seasonal produce. Providing a seafood based menu focussed on produce found on the eastern coast, and perfectly accompanied by the affectionately created cocktails or the wine list, compiled with the help of winemakers from the southwest of Australia.

The Anchor South Bondi, 8 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW, Australia +61 2 8084 3145

The Iconic Bondi Beach | © Jessica Spengler/Flickr
The Iconic Bondi Beach | © Jessica Spengler/Flickr
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Neighbourhood Bondi

There is a fine line between being passionate about great quality food and drinks and excluding your audience, but at Neighborhood Bondi the balance between a casual drinking and dining experience and an interesting one is struck to perfection. The cocktail list only contains twelve different choices, but these choices are changed seasonally to ensure an unusual, but above all, great quality choice of drinks.

Neighbourhood Bondi, 143 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach NSW, Australia +61 2 9365 2872

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Vue Bar

With incredible views over the beauty of Bondi Beach, Vue Bar is one of the major hubs of Bondi’s wine and dining venues. This tapas and cocktail bar attributes its success to three things: its fantastic location, its strong relationships with some of Sydney’s finest suppliers, providing the freshest and best quality produce, and its attention to detail and great service.

Vue Bar, 1/80 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW, Australia +61 2 9130 5166

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The Crossing

On top of the classic cocktails, a list of modern, chic cocktails are served in this elegant bar just down the road from Bondi Beach. The Crossing provides a relaxed, contemporary space with modern interior and décor. The modest bar food menu offers a selection of dishes that use some of the signature ingredients that are available in this region of the country and matches them perfectly with wine sourced locally and from abroad.

The Crossing, 13 O’Brien St, Bondi Beach NSW, Australia +61 2 9365 4134

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The Rum Diaries

With style inspired by the turn of the 20th century, The Rum Diaries is a cocktail bar that specialises in, as the name suggests, rum. This bar is the authority when it comes to different types of rum and rum based cocktails. The seven page list of different rums, specialising in those from the Caribbean, and featuring many varieties from South America though Asia and Europe and even a few local rums, is one of the most comprehensive collections in the country.

The Rum Diaries, 288 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW, Australia +61 2 9300 0440